Dairy Farmers pledge 160,000 litres of additional milk to food banks
during busy holiday season
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - With the holiday season in full
swing, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is pleased to announce it is
increasing its donation to Ontario food banks through December and
January by nearly 150 per cent.
As part of an effort to help food banks cope with rising demand and to
help spread some Christmas cheer, DFO, on behalf of all its members,
will donate an additional 160,000 litres of milk to the Ontario
Association of Food Banks (OAFB), on top of the ongoing monthly
contribution of 65,000 litres.
"We recognize the real need in the community to help those who struggle
to provide their families with nutritious food, especially at this time
of year," explains Bill Emmott, DFO Chair. "It's crucial for industry
to step up. This is our way of giving back to Ontario and the people
of our province during the holiday season."
Ontario's dairy farmers are the single largest donor to the OAFB -
donating close to one million litres of milk every year. Throughout the
year about 500 dairy farmers in Ontario donate a portion of their own
milk; in coordination with industry partners the Ontario Milk
Transportation Association and the fluid milk processors in the Ontario
Dairy Council, the milk is then delivered to food banks throughout the
"Hunger and access to fresh, nutritious food continues to be a problem
in Canada," says Amanda King, Associate Manager, Fundraising,
Membership, and Communications at the OAFB. "DFO has always been one of
the biggest supporters of the food bank program, and with this
additional donation we will be able to serve thousands more families in
need during this busy season."
The OAFB, which released its annual Hunger Report earlier this week,
found that in a single month more than 412, 998 families in Ontario
accessed food banks, with as many as 17,190 households doing so for the
Tom Kane, president of the Ontario Dairy Council was pleased to confirm
that processors were able to facilitate this generous donation. "This
program represents what's best about our industry. We are pleased to
work with our industry partners to provide more fresh fluid milk to
those in need at this holiday time."
The donations, to be delivered beginning next week, will quickly find
their way into food hampers across the province. To learn more about
the role of individual farmers, transporters and processors please
Dairy Farmers of Ontario is the marketing group for all dairy farmers in
Ontario and is totally financed by them.
SOURCE: Dairy Farmers of Ontario
For further information:
For more information or a copy of the Annual Report,
Bill Mitchell, Assistant Director, Communications and Planning Division